As the fall influenza season looms, a new report by the CDC indicates that the number of health care workers receiving flu vaccinations is slowly rising, as support for mandatory vaccinations and other patient safety measures grows. During the 2010-11 flu season, 63.5 percent of health care workers received flu vaccinations, up from 61.9 percent in 2009-10. The report comes in the wake of a new American Hospital Association policy recommending mandatory patient safety policies requiring health care workers to either receive a vaccination or wear masks during flu season.

Among the report's other findings:

  • 71.1 percent of hospital employees reported receiving a flu vaccination.
  • 13 percent of all health care workers reported being required by their employers to receive a flu vaccination.
  • 98.1 percent of workers at a health care facilities with mandatory requirements received a vaccination. At all other facilities, only 58.3 percent of employees received a vaccination.
  • At health care facilities without a vaccination requirement, higher vaccination rates were linked to reminders to get vaccinated (68.9 percent of employees), free vaccinations (67.9 percent)  and vaccination availability for more than one day (68.8 percent).

Read the recent H&HN Daily article on rising support for mandatory flu vaccinations or other preventative steps.